Undivided Bengal has been known for their folk needle craft of Kantha. East Bengal, now Bangladesh and West Bengal, now in India have embroidered Kantha. Kantha has seen various influences and yet maintained its integrity. There have been Portuguese and British as well as ‘partition’ (of east and west Bengal; and partition with Pakistan) influence on the motif vocabulary. However religious and mythological influence has been the strongest and has survived till date.
Lotus, Tree of life, Mouse, Peacock, Elephant, Nandi/the bull etc have remained in the symbolic religious design vocabulary of Kantha quilts and other Kantha articles.
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